Many families displayed their prized collections in their parlor under a glass dome, generally known as a "shade." These beautiful blown-glass shades were found in nearly every home, where they served as a showpiece and protected a variety of treasures. At times, these treasures and collections could be very elaborate and include artful displays of dried flowers, feathers, taxidermy, and even hairworks. Sometimes when a collection outgrew the dome it was moved to a larger space such as a cabinet or a “wonder room." These cabinets of curiosity held wondrous, extraordinary and sometimes oddities of the natural world.
Take a walk around your home or neighborhood to explore the natural world around you like children did centuries ago. Keep your eye open for wonderful treasures and specimens to fill your very own dome. Once it is finished you can display it for all to see in a special place inside of your home!
Make Your Own
Fort Bend Museum Staff